Credit where it is due - Congrats Dr Sweeney

Isn’t it lovely to see people get recognised for the good they do?

In a world where we are only too happy to lift the phone to complain and where, in fairness, a lot of people seem to have forgotten that manners cost nothing - it’s perhaps even more important than ever to recognise those who go the extra mile - and even manage to do it with a smile on their face.

This week I learned that my GP, Dr. Claire Sweeney of Cityview Medical, had been named the Royal College of GP’s GP of the Year.

It wasn’t a huge surprise to me that someone had nominated Dr. Sweeney for the accolade. If it were down to me I’d be writing the Pope and asking for her to be given a sainthood too.

Over the course of the three years I have had to spend more time in the company of doctors than I would have ordinarily chosen. I have seen the very best our health service has to offer - and I have seen the very worst.

I have spoken to health care who seemed wholly disinterested, who disregarded what they were being told and who seemed to have meeting their targets for getting patients in and out the door as quickly as possible as their number one priority.

And while I understand the health service is under a lot of pressure - and that, obviously, medical staff are under a lot of pressure - the cost of reassuring a frightened or worried patient is really quite minimal.

Surely actually caring should be central to being a part of the caring profession?

Those who go the extra mile do make a huge difference to a patient’s quality of life - and when you are living with a chronic health condition every little act of kindness helps.

Dr. Sweeney first became my doctor almost six years ago when I was going through the pregnancy from hell with my daughter. At one stage, when I was particularly unwell, she called every day to make sure I was able to keep my medication down and see if there was anything else I needed.

In the years that have followed she has fought for me to get help when I needed it - and she has helped me fight to help my children when they too have needed it.

That old fashioned, listening ear approach to medicine is what makes her a good doctor - and many could learn from her example. No concern, big or small, is ever dismissed.

Most five year old girls want to be Doc McStuffins, the star of the Disney TV series, when they grow up - my daughter will proudly tell you she wants to be Dr. Sweeney - and I can totally see why.